Roger Bannister about to cross the line  and run the first sub-four minute  at Iffley Road in  Oxford in May 1954. Photograph: Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images

It’s over 30 years now since I ran my first competitive mile race. Back in 1989, to be exact, my second year at Villanova, and during my first indoor (...)

Australia’s Herb Elliott crosses  the finish line to win the  Olympic 1,500m  in Rome in 1960. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

I am running with my legs, and not on them. My knee lift is minimal and my arms are swinging just below waist level, softly tensioned as if carrying a(...)

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya  in the  1,500m  final during day ten of the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Don’t look now. After 10 long days and even longer nights the curtain came down on the World Championships in Doha with credibility and impossibility (...)

Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera poses with his world record time after winning the 1,500m final at the indoor athletics Grand Prix at Arena Birmingham. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera outduelled compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to break the world indoor 1,500 metres record in Birmingham on Saturday. Tefer(...)

 Members of Sanctuary Runners participating in the Waterstown park-run. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘How do you spell that?” “H.I.C.H.A.M... Hicham.” “Ah, like Hicham El Guerrouj?” “Yes! Hicham El Guerrouj, 1,500m world record. You know him?” “Ye(...)

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge  setting a new world record when winning the Berlin Marathon on September 16th, 2018. Photograph:  Getty Images

Enough already. Nowhere does the objective meet the subjective with greater fear or envy than at the annual sporting awards, and everyone keeps saying(...)

 Paula Radcliffe:  faces having her 2003 women’s marathon world record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds expunged due to proposed new measures:  Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Innocent athletes worried that their world and European records will be struck off received an apology on Tuesday from the official who proposed the r(...)

I only met Lance once, briefly, at the start of the 2008 Boston Marathon, when someone asked could they take a photo.

It’s billed as a ‘fireside chat’ with Lance Armstrong, next Friday week, at a sporting conference at the RDS. And like a lot of people I’m still tryin(...)

New Zealand’s Nick Willis: “In Rio it’s just about getting down to business and trying to make amends for London.” Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

There is something particularly heroic about the Olympian who keeps coming back for more, although in the event still billed as the blue ribbon of tra(...)